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Thatchers upweights support with new Gold ads

Thatchers Cider has launched a new multi-million pound campaign for its flagship Thatchers Gold brand.

Drinks Retailing Award winner wins beer listing with M&S

Twickenham specialist Real Ale has won a listing with Marks & Spencer for one of its own beers.

IPA added to Vedett beer range

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat has added Extra Ordinary IPA to its Vedett beer range in the UK.

Supernova heralds return of Ardbeg space mission

Ardbeg has released the third edition of its Supernova, described by the Islay distillery as its peatiest single malt.

European growth boosts flat Pernod Ricard figures

Pernod Ricard has reported flat global sales in a year when it saw a dramatic collapse in China where revenue fell by 23%.

James Clay to lead Left Hand push in the UK market

Colorado-based US brewer Left Hand is aiming to expand its presence on the UK market in a distribution partnership with James Clay.

Nederburg launches 56 Hundred brand

South African wine producer Distell has added two wines under the name 56 Hundred to its Nederburg portfolio in the UK.

William Grant prepares to fire up Tullamore stills

William Grant expects the first spirit from its new €35 million distillery at Tullamore in Ireland to come on stream from mid-September.

Tesco runs warehouse sale for online wines

Tesco is running a warehouse clearance sale on its Wine By The Case website.

Chains outline plans for a Battle of the Booze

Battle lines have been drawn by two of the UK’s biggest specialist off-licence chains in a bid for supremacy in mainstream off-licence retailing in the eastern half of northern England.

Wine Australia and OLN trip of a lifetime

Wine Australia has outlined the next phase of its generic programme as it ramps up activity focusing on independents and consumer education.

Diageo plans for new distillery

Diageo has submitted pre-planning applications for three potential locations for a new malt whisky distillery.

Toorank branches out into rums

Sloane’s gin producer Toorank Distilleries is entering the rum market with the launch of a range called Rebellion.

Less weight for light wine

Weight Watchers is hoping to gain a larger slice of the market with four wines made in partnership with McWilliam’s.

Laphroaig whisky tasting online

Laphroaig malt whisky is to host an online interactive tasting, broadcast live from a sherry boedga.

Coke in SPL sponsorship

Coca-Cola GB has signed a deal to become an official partner of the Scottish Premier League in football from the start of the 2010/11 season.

Bulmers launches phone app

Heineken UK has launched a phone app for its Bulmers cider brand.

£1m Lidl investment in premium wine

Lidl is aiming for a more specialist approach to wine following a £1 million investment in the launch of a premium range.

Independents are hardest workers

Owners of independent shops are the hardest working professionals in Britain, according to a report from the Association of Convenience Stores.

Jubilee beats the Olympics for sales

Off-trade sales of beer, cider, RTDs and sparkling wine saw an uplift in the week of the Olympic opening ceremony – but overall the games brought less joy to drinks retailers than the Diamond Jubilee, according to market data firm Nielsen.

Win a trip to the Cape Wine fair

Following the success of last year’s initiative, OLN is again working with Wines of South Africa to target leading independents. We are offering two readers the opportunity to win a trip to the Cape Wine fair, taking place in Cape Town from September 25-27. 

Treasury creates fine wine unit

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a fine wine business unit for the UK and Ireland, aimed at boosting sales of its regional and premium wines.

Budget speech for alcohol and tobacco

The Chancellor's speech covering the government's plans for tobacco and alcohol duty in full.